A pair of trusty veterans who have spent their entire careers with the franchise carried the day for the Giants. On offense it was Toomer who came up big with seven catches and the game-sealing touchdown. Defensivley, it was end Michael Strahan who delivered. He pressured Bucs QB Jeff Garcia relentlessly and finished with nine tackles, a sack and a forced fumble.
The turnover battle proved critical in this contest between evenly matched teams. The stats were very comparable in every category except for takeaways -- the Giants had three, while the Bucs had none.
Jay Alford, David Diehl and Strahan all left the field with injuries at various times for the Giants. ... Bucs WR Joey Galloway was largely ineffective and was benched late with a sore shoulder. ... Filling in for the ailing Sam Madison, Giants CB Corey Webster peformed admirably, grabbing an interception and recovering a fumble. ... Giants CB R.W. McQuarters made a nifty interception to end a late comeback attempt by the Bucs and clinch the victory. The pick was originally ruled an incomplete pass before being overtuned by a booth replay.